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slapguitarer
07-27-2011, 04:30 PM
Blackened progressive-heavy metallers Cormorant have completed the recording of their sophomore full-length album 'Dwellings' to be released in mid-fall, 2011. The self-funded 'Dwellings' is the follow-up to the San Francisco Bay Area quartet's critically-acclaimed 2009 debut 'Metazoa,' and marks an earthier, more wrathful evolution of their sound.

The new album incorporates stronger elements of black and doom metal even hints of 80s hardcore reflecting darker musical and lyrical themes. To capture this change in tone, the band opted to record their rhythm tracks live to analog tape with producer Justin Weis (Agalloch, Brocas Helm, Hammers Of Misfortune, Ludicra, Slough Feg, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum)at Trakworx Studios in South San Francisco. Weis also mixed and mastered the album, imbuing it with an authentic old-school warmth unmarred by typewriter drum triggers and brick-walled production.

Says vocalist/bassist Arthur von Nagel: "I feel 'Dwellings' is a refinement of our folky hybrid style on 'Metazoa,' just really pissed off. We wrote and rehearsed the album over the course of two years. That time period was marked by some difficult personal losses and sacrifices, which definitively colored the music and lyrics. At its core, it's a trad/prog metal album, but quite a bit more dissonance and blackness seeped in. Nick [Cohon] and Matt [Solis]'s guitars sound massive and evil, and Brennan [Kunkel]'s drumming is beautifully twisted he never plays the same beat twice. Vocal-wise we went all-out, in fact my voice was completely blown out for nearly week after the recording. We've expanded the palette to include black metal shrieks, a semi-harsh Lemmy Kilmister bark, first-wave black metal shouts, spoken word, and ethereal cleans. I hope above all that people view this is as an honest record, because it's truly been a labor of love and struggle."

Regarding the choice of album title, von Nagel adds: "Whereas 'Metazoa' focused on the natural world, 'Dwellings' broaches human structures: societal, linguistic, familial, and architectural. The word 'dwellings' encapsulated all those ideas, and inspired dreamlike imagery of stone huts carved into cliffsides. I feel the word captures a wide swathe of human motivations, particularly man's need for home and family, a major lyrical theme on this album. The lyrics themselves range in style from poetic and abstract to journalistic, which was a nice change of pace for us. While in the past we tended toward mythological and historical subjects, on 'Dwellings' we often attack more contemporary topics in a very stark and direct manner."

:rocker: :party: :bowdown: :party: :rocker:

AnataFan4Life
07-27-2011, 04:35 PM
Sounds like it's gonna be sick. Metazoa was a unique work of art, and i'm sure this will be as well :rocker:

idrinkwine732
07-28-2011, 12:00 PM
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAA

nbd heard most of it. It's fucking incredible. I'm waiting on that artwork though...

Blitzkrieg Witchcraft
07-28-2011, 12:11 PM
Looking forward to it. Metazoa was great.

slapguitarer
08-03-2011, 11:35 AM
Track listings and track lengths are
1) The First Man (5:58)
2) Funambulist (10:30)
3) Confusion of Tongues (4:25)
4) Junta (9:28)
5) The Purest Land (4:37)
6) A Howling Dust (8:52)
7) Unearthly Dreamings (11:56)

So the album, is a little over 55 minutes.

Also you can get a free download of Cormorant's amazing debut album, Metazoa, here, but act fast because only the first 200 downloads are free.

http://www.bravewords.com/news/166578

ALSO, if you download Metazoa, you get early access to any exclusive pre-order of Dwellings.

slapguitarer
09-14-2011, 05:26 PM
http://cormorantmusic.blogspot.com/

holyshitsholyshitsholyshitholyshit

I'm going with the $60 one.

:wow: :drool: :bowdown:

moobys37
09-14-2011, 05:28 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fsZpUCwr-Sk/TnD94msmbPI/AAAAAAAAAEc/ibCaGsZ1odw/s1600/Cormorant+Dwellings+artwork+FINAL.jpg

NecroRob
09-14-2011, 07:17 PM
I'm at the very least going with the basic package, but I might go for the sweatshirt deal. This really is an amazing deal they are putting together here, especially with all the previously unreleased bonus music.

Oh, and that artwork is absolutely insane :lovedup:

ShatteredFlame
09-14-2011, 07:23 PM
What are they trying to outdo Ufomammut?

idrinkwine732
09-15-2011, 06:45 AM
Fuck with Cormorant. I dare you.

ShatteredFlame
09-15-2011, 07:46 AM
Honestly just bought the bundle and i never heard this band before. They sound like they would be my thing though.

smearCampaign
09-15-2011, 08:23 AM
Honestly just bought the bundle and i never heard this band before. They sound like they would be my thing though.

You should give Metazoa a listen: http://cormorant.bandcamp.com/

slapguitarer
09-15-2011, 04:40 PM
Just bought the ultimate bundle! So pumped!

Also, these guys will be streaming a song off this album tomorrow on NPR

idrinkwine732
09-15-2011, 04:54 PM
Just bought the ultimate bundle! So pumped!

Also, these guys will be streaming a song off this album tomorrow on NPR

You're sooooooo out of the know, the song is called Junta. I remember this song, like many on the album, being quite fun.

slapguitarer
09-15-2011, 06:31 PM
You're sooooooo out of the know, the song is called Junta. I remember this song, like many on the album, being quite fun.

I didn't know they were releasing Junta. Junta was the last song they played at the Giant Squid date. Arthur announced it and we couldn't figure out what he announced the song as. It was probably my favorite, for it had some killer bass lines.

Natrlhi
09-15-2011, 11:39 PM
What an awesome set of pre-order bundles. These guys really thought that one out well. I jammed on the $40 bundle myself (I have enough hoodies to keep me warm for an Arctic winter). Kudos to these guys for really having their shit together both as a band and as a forward-thinking business venture. THAT'S how you get folks to be interested in paying you for your artwork.

:party: :rocker: :party:

idrinkwine732
09-16-2011, 10:59 AM
New song + Interview from NPR:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/09/15/140504746/cormorant-follow-the-blackened-thread

It's really cool seeing these guys get this much attention for this album. They deserve it.

slapguitarer
09-18-2011, 09:22 PM
From Cormorant's Facebook

ATTENTION: Paypal have FROZEN OUR ACCOUNT because apparently we violated their pre-order policy since the Dwellings release date is more than 20 days away. If you're trying to order Dwellings, you will not be able to. If you'd like to contact Paypal to ask about it, their toll-free number is 1888-221-1161. Everyone who ordered the album will absolutely still receive the record even if we have to pay for it from our own pockets. Thank you for your understanding.

This fucking sucks. Paypal can go fuck themselves.

idrinkwine732
09-27-2011, 12:08 PM
Another new one:

http://www.pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/12490-the-purest-land/

This one is a lot more of a straightforward rocker. Pretty accessible for those who haven't heard the best band making metal right now.

larvtard
09-27-2011, 12:52 PM
New song + Interview from NPR:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/09/15/140504746/cormorant-follow-the-blackened-thread

It's really cool seeing these guys get this much attention for this album. They deserve it.
Another new one:

http://www.pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/12490-the-purest-land/

This one is a lot more of a straightforward rocker. Pretty accessible for those who haven't heard the best band making metal right now.

:drool::drool::drool:

I haven't listened to Metazoa for a while, but it seems like this is somewhat of a departure from their old sound. It fucking rules :rocker:

slapguitarer
11-29-2011, 06:10 PM
http://www.npr.org/2011/11/27/142660701/first-listen-cormorant-dwellings

Full album stream.

Onioner
11-29-2011, 07:08 PM
http://www.npr.org/2011/11/27/142660701/first-listen-cormorant-dwellings

Full album stream.

Sick, thanks for the link.

We live in a strange time when NPR has the most metal-cred out of all of the general music websites.